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The Plane Tree Mind & Body Therapies
in Bethnal Green East London

Medical Acupuncture


Medical Acupuncture, sometimes know as Western Acupuncture or Dry Needling, is provided at The Plane Tree by our osteopaths John Mallinder and Arturo Del Val Anguita, not as a stand alone therapy, but as one element of the treatment.

For bookings please call our reception team on 0203 022 5892. John or Arturo would be pleased to speak with you in advance of a visit by phone if you are uncertain if Medical Acupuncture is right for you, or if you are unsure of the difference between this and Chinese Acupuncture with other practitioners at the clinic.


Medical Acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture and similarly involves the insertion of fine needles, its practitioners do not adhere to Chinese medicine concepts of Yin/Yang and circulation of qi. Training for Medical Acupuncture is significantly shorter than for Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, as the scope of conditions treated is more limited, and generally confined to the musculoskeletal issues that an osteopath or physiotherapist would treat.

There is growing scientific research to show the effects of acupuncture on the body. Firstly a release of natural hormones and chemicals block pain signals in the injured area, also stimulating localised blood supply, as well as having a positive effect on muscular trigger points. Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for low back pain.

For further information on John and Arturo please see the Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy page.


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